Two men dead after motorcycle collision in Pa Khlok

PHUKET: Two men – one aged 50, the other 74 – died after a high-speed collision between the two motorbikes they were riding on the main road from Pa Khlok to the Heroines Monument earlier in the day (April 19).

The collision was recorded by CCTV. Image: Thalang Police

Thalang Police Lieutenant Colonel Pongpipat Khamchumpoo was called to the scene, the U-turn in front of Wat Sopon Wanaram (Wat Pa Khlok) on Highway 4027, at 10am.

Police, Pa Khlok Municipal Rescuers and an EMS unit from Thalang Hospital arrived to find a heavily damaged Honda Dream motorbike with Phuket registration. in the far left lane on the west side of the road.

His driver, Somchoke Chaidam, 50, was lying face down in the middle of the road. Mr Somchoke died of his injuries at the scene, Lt Col Pongpipat said.

Halfway through the westbound lanes was a Phuket-registered Honda Wave motorcycle with a sidecar. His driver, Saengthong Karuna, 74, was seriously injured.

Rescuers administered emergency first aid and transported Mr Saengthong to Thalang Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Lt Col Pongpipat confirmed.

From CCTV footage of the U-turn, police confirmed that Mr Somchoke was heading towards the heroines monument at high speed when the accident happened.

As Mr. Somchoke approached the U-turn, Mr. Saengthong, who was initially heading east, began his U-turn in the opposite direction, cutting Mr. Somchoke’s path.

Mr. Somchoke could not avoid hitting Mr. Saengthong’s sidecar.

CCTV footage shows Mr Somchoke crashing into Mr Saengthong and then being thrown through the air. He landed on the road head first. He was wearing a helmet, but not a full-face hard hat.

Police included the CCTV footage as evidence in their investigation into the crash. Police have not yet determined whether any legal action will be taken, Lt. Col. Pongpipat said.

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